“Once upon a time…..” This phrase has been the starting line for so many fairy tales, showcasing heroes, villains, love, tragedy, and fame. The purpose of this opening line is to show the reader a space in time that is past. This type of story is meant to inspire, warn, or entertain and we are left with the tale (usually) wrapped up neatly with a “happily ever after” or at least a unforgettable ending. Is that how I want my life to be told? Is that how you want your story to be recorded?
How do you want to be remembered?
As a young girl I loved to read, I read everything I could get my hands on from chapter books to encyclopedias to the shampoo bottle. I LOVED TO READ. This great love of reading brought me on many adventures, allowed me to learn about history as well as the great men and women who inhabited both. I remember sitting on my Strawberry Shortcake bedspread with my letter “D” Encyclopedia Britannica open, skimming through and stopping at the entry about Leonardo Da Vinci. Reading about him became a pivotal point, and it set a path for my life.
Leonardo Da Vinci was an illegitimate child with no rank or favor in a very backwards time in history and he still managed all these accomplishments and had a variety of knowledge. If you don’t know much about him please look up his amazing life and work. ( Side note: I’ve always had a soft spot for children born in unlikely circumstances because of my own adoption story)
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He was called a “Renaissance Man“. He was remembered not like a fairy tale or a happily ever after but as an “In the now” sort, with an eye on the future. I was awed and inspired to say the least. I remember thinking “I want to try to capture his spirit in my own life and be a Renaissance Woman!” Since making that statement years ago, I haven’t come close to the vast accomplishments of Da Vinci but I have never let go of that drive. I want to keep pressing forward in my journey, do the best I can, be the best I can, and get back up when I stumble.
Where is your journey taking you?
My journey has taken me on so many interesting and winding paths and sometimes I’ve felt lost with all my wanderings. However, every path has led me back toward the same direction. I’ve learned another lesson, achieved another skill, and made more connections; all these being integral pieces I needed to grow and step forward into the next great adventure. I look at Da Vinci and how all his knowledge and experiments led to another or helped him in a later endeavor. Our lives are great journeys, we have so much potential for greatness and failure but never let either stop you. Keep going, keep learning, keep growing, and connecting to others because your journey may one day be the inspiration to a little girl sitting on her Strawberry Shortcake bedspread reading an encyclopedia entry about you and your adventures, achievements, and…..journey.